Take, for example, PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. As an animal lover, I, too, do not wish to see unnecessary animal cruelty. So, an organization dedicated to discouraging cruelty to animals sounds nice. It turns out, however, that zealots have commandeered the organization and have, seemingly, had a complete break from reality.
PETA has had a long history of doing and saying extreme things. But their most recent statement truly takes the vegan, egg-free cake.
In a letter, the animal rights group argues the annual White House ceremony ‘makes light of the mass slaughter of some 46 million gentle, intelligent birds.’ It also says the annual event ‘portrays the United States president as being in some sort of business partnership with the turkey-killing industry.’
‘You understand so well that African-Americans, women, and members of the LGBT community have been poorly served throughout history, and now I am asking you to consider other living beings who are ridiculed, belittled, and treated as if their sentience, feelings, and very natures count for nothing,’ wrote PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in the letter.
The letter also objects to the idea that the birds could be pardoned, arguing ‘they are not guilty of anything other than being born into a world of prejudice.’”
In what twisted, insulting sense can these fanatics actually equate the plight of turkeys to that of blacks, women and gays? Blacks were enslaved for hundreds of years and then subjected to decades of mal-treatment in America. Turkeys are birds that are often raised specifically for meat. They’re delicious and, quite frankly, lower on the food chain. Now, if someone does not want to eat meat, that is totally fine- but let’s not insult the centuries-long struggle of human beings by equating that struggle to that of turkeys.
And on a side note, nobody is “ridiculing” or “belittling” turkeys. We’re not mocking them, we’re eating them.
PETA should try and rehabilitate their image by adopting less-crazy stances; as it stands now, PETA is not an animal rights organization, but, instead, it operates as an animal supremacy organization.